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One of the biggest things that most often holds us back from achieving our full potential is permission to succeed, or the feeling that we're somehow not fully qualified to offer our advice and expertise to others. Have you ever felt that way?

Whether you're thinking of starting a high-end coaching program, marketing a new product or putting together a conference, the most valuable thing you can do for yourself is to give yourself permission to succeed. The people who achieve the most in life aren't stronger than you, or smarter than you; they succeed because they give themselves permission to try.
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Self-Doubt is Common, and Deadly To Your Success

Self-doubt isn't an unusual problem to face when we begin new projects, or undertake new endeavors. When we try something for the first time, there's always the question of failure. Sometimes people even wonder if they have a right to try what they're trying, as though only other people can undertake massive projects.

One of the best things you can do for yourself is give yourself permission to try the big things you want to try. Most people know a lot more than they think they know, and have a great position from which to strike forth and begin a new endeavor.

For example, if you've been in your business for ten years and have built your business from the ground up, you're absolutely qualified to talk to people about how to build a business like yours, or how to operate in your niche. The accumulated experience of those years is your qualification. You don't have to be a coach or a guru to offer something valuable; in many cases, your personal experience is the most valuable thing you can share.

Successful People are Ordinary People Too

It's important to understand that successful people aren't magical, or special in some way that you're not. Successful people are ordinary people, too. Successful people typically have talent and know-how, but the key factor that sets them apart is a willingness to actually do the things they do; not a unique qualification or special asset that other people don't possess.

For me, joining Yanik Silver's mastermind group was extremely valuable, because it quickly became clear that Yanik, one of the most successful people in his field, is just an ordinary person. He's got a lot of talent and know-how, but he's still a flesh-and-blood human like the rest of us. Getting to know Yanik was the key to realizing that an ordinary person can do wildly successful things, such as starting a high-end coaching program or organizing huge events.

Don't make excuses to avoid starting your new projects. Don't wait until tomorrow, or next week; don't wait until you've taken that class or landed that big client.

These are all excuses that self-doubt uses to prevent you from succeeding. Do yourself the biggest favor of all: give yourself permission to try the important things. It doesn't matter if you're just an €˜ordinary person.' We're all ordinary people. It's time for you to really start creating your own success!

How much money do you want to make this year?

If you've answered this question with a round number, like, $100,000, or $1,000,000, or an, "I don't know," you don't have a goal, you have a wish.   It's imperative that you know your goal income numbers, specifically.   You must know how much you have to net today, this week, and this month in order to land the yearly salary that will support the lifestyle that you desire.

Here are some get-specific Millionaire Mindset methods:

• What would you like to do in the next year? Move?   Take your dream vacation?   Send a child to college?   Hire someone to manage all of that stuff for you?   Or make it possible for your spouse to leave his or her job to come to work for you?

Don't forget the smaller costs that go along with each large goal, like the cost of providing your newest employee with a company car and fringe benefits, travel costs, tuition, and your existing lifestyle costs.   Don't estimate.   Make phone calls.   Get current pricing on airfare, college tuition, health care, or whatever bills you'll have to foot.   Write it down…you're going to need it.

• Now that you've done the addition, do the division. Break out the calculator and find out how much you'll need to net in a month, a week, and a day.   This will give you a manageable and reachable goal path.

Lots of people say they want to be millionaires.   But if you ask them how much they need to make this afternoon to stay on track for that wish, you'll likely be met with a dumbfounded look.   Once this step is completed, you will be distinctly separate from those with a wishing frame of mind.

• Challenge yourself in the pursuit of your income goal.
If that means working an extra 30 minutes to meet your daily income goal, do it.   If that means negotiating on a deal, even if you're not comfortable with negotiation, then do it.

When you know how much money you need to earn this week, in pursuit of the big goal, you'll be encouraged to do the things that aren't so desirable.   Every time you challenge the boundaries of your comfort zone, those boundaries will soften, and your comfort zone will grow.

A goal like, "I want to make a million bucks this year," will never incite you to rewrite an email or to hold firm on your retail price for an item.   But if your goal is, "I need to clear another $50 today to stay on track," you'll push right through, because you will connect those little tasks with your big goals for yourself, your family, and your lifestyle.

• Successful business people always know their numbers. They rifle off their conversion rates, costs, costs of sale, and precise percentage profits.   Businesspeople who don't know are probably losing money.

• If the thought of calculating, relating to, or speaking about numbers frightens you, then hire a business manager to do it for you.   Investing all of your energy in working in your business, without working on your business, will be detrimental to your income goal.

• The numbers might be simple now, but if your goal is to make a million dollars, or any other impressive number, you'll have to expect the money flow, in both directions, to become more complicated.   Adopt a know-your-numbers attitude now, rather than jumping into a sea of number soup when your chances of drowning are high.

In short, know how much money you need to make.   Then know how much money you need to make this week in order to reach that goal.   Name it, and then claim it!

Bernadette Doyle specializes in helping entrepreneurs attract a steady stream of ideal clients. If you want to get clients calling you instead of you calling them, sign up for her free weekly e-zine at

By declaring your goal, whatever it may be, you are taking the first step toward achieving it. Taking that first step is a good start. But, the very instant you make the decision and take the step, something is going to come up – a challenge that you will likely need to face. It could be a fear, an obstacle, or an external challenge or circumstance you didn't foresee.

When fears, obstacles and circumstances arise, it's easy to go into panic mode and contract and retreat. If you do this, you will end up feeling like you've tried and failed.   And when you feel like that, you're actually worse off than when you started. In addition to not achieving the goal that you wanted, you're also left feeling bad about yourself.

Here's something truly valuable you need to learn about change. It's so important to grow bigger than your obstacles or unwanted circumstances.

This is what people who are consistently successful do. They take the step. They still experience the obstacle, fear or external circumstance that comes up. But, instead of shrinking, successful people make a decision. They choose to grow bigger than their problems. They expand - and the solution becomes visible.

Richard Branson, a hugely successful businessman who is admired by many, went through this scenario early in his career. He found a loophole where he didn't have to pay taxes on the store he owned – or so he thought.

He ended being fined an enormous sum of money, with his only options being to pay his fine or go to prison. Branson made what appeared to be a crazy decision. His solution was to open another store to make more revenue to pay his fines.

In that instant, he chose to grow bigger than his problem.

That is partly what makes him such a successful businessman, and such a tremendous contributor to society on a global scale.

To make an impact like that, you have to learn to be comfortable with managing your fears and challenges. When you encounter an obstacle, grow bigger than the problem.   When you learn to do this, nothing is out of your reach.

When obstacles and challenges and fear come into play, you need to find new ways to handle them. Ask yourself, "What do I need to learn?   What do I need to do differently in order to fully step into my new life?"

The instant you do, the solutions will become visible. They may well have been there all along, but you couldn't see them before. As you grow bigger than your problems, new opportunities will appear because you are doing things differently.

Bernadette Doyle specializes in helping entrepreneurs attract a steady stream of ideal clients. If you want to get clients calling you instead of you calling them, sign up for her free weekly e-zine at

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